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06 November 2013 @ 01:01 pm
What are you an expert in?

What does it mean to you to be an expert in general or in that thing?
I'm feeling: curiouscurious
harimad on November 6th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
I think expertise means having knowledge and underlying understanding - i.e., knowing the whys and wherefores - that you can adapt when someone throws you a curve.

Laurenhat wrote something I really agree with, about others in the field knowing so much more than I do, how can I call myself an expert? But I shall try.

Cooking, food, ingredients, methologies.
I know what to cook and how, and why "this" method is a good one but "that" method is not. I can walk into any kithen and use what I find to make something to eat, usually without needing a recipe. When I screw up, I can accomodate and make it work. (Such as this weekend's banana bread, when I added 3 eggs instead of 2.) I know how to buy decent food cheaply and what pricy food is worthwhile. Room for improvement: Indian, spicy, and some Southeast Asian foods; I'm a spice wimp and don't like coconut milk.

I know how a material will act under various circumstances of crafting, washing, light, type of stitch. I know why there is no such thing as a mistake and how to fix them when they happen. I know what material is good for ribbing, or for sheen, and why wool felts but cotton does not. I know how to adapt a pattern to suit my needs, or change it because I'm using a different yarn. Room for improvement: my own designs, often they don't work out quite as I intended.

Organizing and storing.
I'm really good at storage tetris, and at doing so the objects are stored logically (owner's definition of logical, not mine) and so you can find everything.

ETA: Notwithstanding the above, professionally I've specialized in being a jack of all trades.

Edited at 2013-11-07 02:39 am (UTC)